- Vol. 07
- Chapter 07
Youth means someone is still growing
How often can you see the child –the young child, the baby even – and the older, steadied adult to-come, both at once, in the very same face? A short-lived, complicated tremulation between the more settled stages. Youth means someone is still growing. Against long-dead linwood they are still doing so much powerful growing. Soft, soft gentle growth becoming ever-coarser, bolder, out-reaching hair. Limbs. Glands. Open and flooded with liquid aspirations. A life is about to take on new colour.
(Adolesce was a back-formed verbbriefly prevalent in the early twentieth century. I would like to adolesce. But the verb seems not to have taken).